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Apply for funding for further vocational training at the job centre

General support for further education with the education voucher:

With an education voucher, the job centre can cover all or part of the costs of your further vocational training. Before you receive an education voucher, the responsible job centre will check with you whether further training is necessary for you.

You can redeem the education voucher at an educational institution of your choice if it is approved for further education funding.

The training measure itself must also be approved and match the education voucher. The education voucher specifies, among other things:

  • the educational objective,
  • the time it takes to achieve the educational goal,
  • the contents of the qualification,
  • the regional scope, and
  • the period of validity during which you must have redeemed the education voucher and started your participation.

The education voucher is generally valid at your place of residence and in places that you can reach daily from home.

The training costs that the job centre pays for you usually include:

  • course costs and costs for the aptitude test,
  • travel expenses,
  • costs for external accommodation and meals,
  • Cost of caring for children.

Training bonuses:

If you start further training with which you acquire a professional qualification in a recognised training occupation, you will receive EUR 1,000 for passing an intermediate examination regulated by law or a regulation and EUR 1,500 for passing the final examination.

Continuing education allowance:

If you participate in a degree-oriented training course, you will receive a training allowance of EUR 150 per month from 01.07.2023.

Citizen's allowance bonus:

If you participate in further vocational training (of at least 8 weeks), for which you are not entitled to further training allowance, you will receive a citizen's allowance bonus of EUR 75 per month from 01.07.2023.

Subsequent acquisition of the secondary school leaving certificate:

Under certain conditions, the subsequent acquisition of the lower secondary school leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification is also funded.

Support for employees without a vocational qualification or with a non-usable vocational qualification (low-skilled):

If you do not yet have a vocational qualification or have not worked in your learned profession for more than 4 years and can no longer practice the profession you learned earlier due to alienation from your profession, you will be supported by taking over the costs of further training if you participate in further training measures for the subsequent acquisition of a vocational qualification.

These 4 years include:

  • Periods of employment in unskilled and semi-skilled work
  • Unemployment
  • Periods for caring for relatives
  • Child-rearing times

If you are still in need of help during the training period according to SGB II, you will continue to receive your citizen's allowance during the further training.

Acquisition of basic skills:

Basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics or information and communication technologies can be promoted by your job centre under certain conditions, provided that these basic skills improve your employability on the labour market or that you would like to complete a vocational qualification afterwards.

Support for employed workers:

The Employment Agency is responsible for this type of funding.

However, the responsible job centre can advise you on the further training of employees, especially if they work in occupations that can be replaced by technologies or are otherwise affected by structural change or are seeking further training in a bottleneck occupation, i.e. in an occupation in which there is a shortage of skilled workers.

In principle, your employer must contribute to the course costs. He can also receive wage subsidies while you are undergoing further training. How large the share is depends on the size of the company:

  • Wage subsidies:
    • up to 25 percent for companies with 250 or more employees,
    • up to 50 percent for small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 249 employees) and
    • up to 75 percent for micro-enterprises (fewer than 10 employees).
  • Subsidies for the course costs:
    • 100 percent in micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees,
    • up to 50 percent in companies with up to 249 employees,
    • up to 25 percent in companies with 250 or more employees,
    • up to 15 percent for large companies with 2,500 or more employees,
    • up to 100 percent in small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees) for older employees (from the age of 45) or employees with a severe disability.
  • In addition, up to 15 percent higher subsidies for course costs and remuneration in the event of a collective agreement or a company agreement on vocational qualification or in the event of special training needs.
  • Assumption of the full course costs and wage subsidy of up to 100 percent for the participation of low-skilled persons in further training with the aim of obtaining a vocational qualification.

With an education voucher, the job centre can cover all or part of the costs of your further vocational training. Before you receive an education voucher, the responsible job centre will check with you whether further training is necessary for you.

You can redeem the education voucher at an educational institution of your choice if it is approved for further education funding.

The training measure itself must also be approved and match the education voucher. The education voucher specifies, among other things:

  • the educational objective,
  • the time it takes to achieve the educational goal,
  • the contents of the qualification,
  • the regional scope, and
  • the period of validity during which you must have redeemed the education voucher and started your participation.

The education voucher is generally valid at your place of residence and in places that you can reach daily from home.

The training costs that the job centre pays for you usually include:

  • course costs and costs for the aptitude test,
  • travel expenses,
  • costs for external accommodation and meals,
  • Cost of caring for children.

Training bonuses:

If you start further training before 31.12.2023 with which you acquire a vocational qualification in a recognised training occupation, you will receive EUR 1,000 for passing an intermediate examination regulated by law or an ordinance and EUR 1,500 for passing the final examination.

Subsequent acquisition of the secondary school leaving certificate:

Under certain conditions, the subsequent acquisition of the lower secondary school leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification is also funded.

Support for employees without a vocational qualification or with a non-usable vocational qualification (low-skilled):

If you do not yet have a vocational qualification or have not worked in your learned profession for more than 4 years and can no longer practice the profession you learned earlier due to alienation from your profession, you will be supported by taking over the costs of further training if you participate in further training measures for the subsequent acquisition of a vocational qualification.

These 4 years include:

  • Periods of employment in unskilled and semi-skilled work
  • Unemployment
  • Periods for caring for relatives
  • Child-rearing times

If you are still in need of help during the training period according to SGB II, you will continue to receive your citizen's allowance during the further training.

Acquisition of basic skills:

If you still lack basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics or information and communication technologies for further training with which you want to acquire a vocational qualification, the job centre can also promote further training in these areas under certain conditions.

Support for employed workers:

The Employment Agency is responsible for this type of funding.

However, the responsible job centre can advise you on the further training of employees, especially if they work in occupations that can be replaced by technologies or are otherwise affected by structural change or are seeking further training in a bottleneck occupation, i.e. in an occupation in which there is a shortage of skilled workers.

In principle, your employer must contribute to the course costs. He can also receive wage subsidies while you are undergoing further training. How large the share is depends on the size of the company:

  • Wage subsidies:
    • up to 25 percent for companies with 250 or more employees,
    • up to 50 percent for small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 249 employees) and
    • up to 75 percent for micro-enterprises (fewer than 10 employees).
  • Subsidies for the course costs:
    • 100 percent in micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees,
    • up to 50 percent in companies with up to 249 employees,
    • up to 25 percent in companies with 250 or more employees,
    • up to 15 percent for large companies with 2,500 or more employees,
    • up to 100 percent in small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees) for older employees (from the age of 45) or employees with a severe disability.
  • In addition, up to 15 percent higher subsidies for course costs and remuneration in the event of a collective agreement or a company agreement on vocational qualification or in the event of special training needs.
  • Assumption of the full course costs and wage subsidy of up to 100 percent for low-skilled persons participating in further training with the aim of obtaining a vocational qualification

Process flow

If you are unemployed or threatened with unemployment or if you want to catch up on a vocational qualification, you can only initiate your further education support together with your integration specialist:

  • To do this, make an appointment at your job center that is responsible for your place of residence. Optionally, you can send an enquiry to your job centre online.
  • If you receive citizen's allowance, the job center in whose district you live is responsible. In a personal interview, it will be clarified whether you need additional qualifications in order to find a job as quickly as possible.
  • Your integration specialist will then check whether you meet the requirements for funding.
  • Under certain conditions, the Medical Service or the Occupational Psychology Service may also be involved in determining aptitude.
  • Education voucher:
    • Your integration specialist will usually issue you with the education voucher directly during the consultation.
    • You choose a suitable educational institution and course yourself and register.
  • Before the start of the measure, the training provider confirms your admission to the course on the education voucher and informs the job centre. The job centre will then check whether the course fits the education voucher and whether you meet the admission requirements. If this is the case, funding for further training is possible and you can start further training.
  • You should start applying for suitable vacancies during your training.
  • If you fall ill during the course, you must inform the job centre and the training provider.
  • During your further training, you will continue to be supervised by your responsible integration specialist and discuss the further steps of your job search with him, especially before the end of the further training measure.

If you are employed, discuss your training needs with your employer. The latter will then contact the Employment Agency to discuss how to proceed. Alternatively, you can contact your integration specialist at the job centre yourself.

Requirements

As a rule, the costs for your further training can be covered if

  • you have taken part in a consultation with the job centre,
  • the further training is necessary to end your unemployment, to catch up on a missing vocational qualification or to avert imminent unemployment
  • the acquisition of enhanced professional skills improves individual employability and makes continuing training fit for purpose in the labour market, and
  • the training measure and the training provider are approved for the promotion of continuing education.

Funding is also possible for employees under certain conditions if

  • the training goes beyond short-term adaptation training that is exclusively related to the workplace,
  • the professional qualification is usually at least 4 years ago,
  • you have not participated in further vocational training funded by the Employment Agency or the Job Centre in the last 4 years before submitting your application,
  • the training is carried out outside the company or by an approved institution in the company,
  • lasts more than 120 hours,
  • the institution and the measure are approved, and

You are engaged in activities that can be replaced by technologies or are otherwise affected by structural change or you would like to learn a bottleneck occupation.

Which documents are required?

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Testimonies

Processing duration

The education voucher is usually issued directly during the consultation.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: Yes
Online services available: Yes

Appeal

  • Contradiction

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on

04.04.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Arbeit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Jobcenter
Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:
Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Timetable
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)